Acne, psoriasis, arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome are among the conditions that can be treated through diet, according to nutritionist Dale Pinnock, author of Medicinal Cookery: How You Can Benefit from Nature’s Edible Pharmacy (Constable & Robinson).
Fresh mint relieves stomach cramps
It helps to restore intestinal contractions to a normal rhythm. Blitz a handful of leaves with 4tbsp olive oil and 11tbsp apple cider vinegar to make a salad dressing.
Pineapple helps to control inflammation
It contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain, found in highest concentration in the woody inner core. Blend into a smoothie with fresh ginger and celery.
Pumpkin seeds soothe acne
These powerhouses are rich in zinc, which helps to regulate the hormone system and oil-producing sebaceous glands. Blitz 2 handfuls each pumpkin and sesame seeds, 1 handful hemp seeds, 3tbsp hempseed oil and a pinch of salt in a food processor to make a butter to spread on toast of crackers.
Source: Good Housekeeping magazine